My background is in nursing – I gained a nursing degree in the Philippines, and, after I moved to the UK, I qualified as a nurse here too. I worked in the NHS before I moved into working in care homes, and I joined Care UK in 2004.
I’m passionate about delivering great care, and I’m always striving to improve all aspects of what we do at Elizabeth Lodge. I have a wonderful, supportive team and I love motivating and inspiring them to fulfil their own potential while achieving fantastic outcomes for the people we care for.
For me, the best thing is seeing residents and colleagues enjoying their day and spending time together. There’s no better feeling than knowing that we’ve made a difference to a person’s day.
I am passionate about caring for others, especially helping those living with dementia or needing end of life care. I enjoy working with the supportive team at Elizabeth Lodge, who offer excellent care to residents and colleagues alike.
I love a challenge, so I was delighted to take on the role of IPC Champion. I like to lead by example by being a good role model, rising to meet the difficulties we may face and encouraging everyone to play their part. I have learnt so much over the years and it brings me great satisfaction knowing I contribute to keeping residents safe.
My daily responsibilities as the IPC Champion involve handing out PPE, carrying out weekly infection control checks, managing cleaning schedules and, most importantly, being up to date on recommended Covid-19 guidance and safety procedures.
I joined the Care UK team at Elizabeth Lodge in 2016. I was keen to work in an organisation with a great reputation for care, and Care UK is just such a place.
Compassion and hard work are important in this role. There’s a lot to do, and there are many different aspects of my role that I enjoy. I actually find the medication administration part of what I do rewarding. It’s crucial that residents receive the medication they need on time and in the right way, and it’s important to me to know that it’s been done well.
I like to unwind by watching football – particular matches that involve my favourite team, Manchester United.
Before joining the Elizabeth Lodge team I was the Head Chef in a Greek restaurant. I wanted to use my skills in a different setting, so here I am. I joined the team in 2018, and initially I was working a lot with Alex Wendling, who won Care UK’s Chef of the Year competition in 2019. I learnt a lot from his knowledge and experience, which helped me to settle into what is a very different environment from restaurants.
As well as a love of cooking, this role requires you to have good people management skills, and you need to be versatile – coming up with new ideas and producing different styles of cooking to appeal to all residents. I enjoy listening to the residents’ stories and learning about their likes, dislikes and dietary needs, and then creating a menu designed around them. I love hearing the positive feedback about the cooking. It makes me feel good knowing that residents are enjoying the food I prepare for them.
I have always liked to clean and I love to help people so working at Elizabeth Lodge was the ideal choice for me, and now I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else! I have worked for Care UK since 1999, and I have been at Elizabeth Lodge ever since. I enjoy my whole day, doing the best I can to make others happy. Even though it can be challenging at times, it’s always a highlight when people come and thank me for my work, and an even bigger highlight to have been awarded three ‘Outstanding’ awards since being here. When I’m not working I enjoy yoga and taking a walk every evening.
I joined Elizabeth Lodge in 2010. I came to see the home one day, and I loved it so much that I never left. Over the years I’ve decided that reception is where I like to be – greeting visitors. I think it’s important that everyone who visits Elizabeth Lodge gets the VIP treatment, and when you’re a glamour puss, like me, ‘out front’ is where you need to be.
I’m not just a pretty face, of course. I worked out quickly that reception is the best place for getting the most treats and strokes. In fact, I’ve trained Jennifer, the business administrator, to feed me treats when I tap on her window. She took a while to get the hang of it, but I’ve got her into good habits now.
On sunny days you can find me basking in the garden or on a warm window sill. Being this beautiful can be tiring, so it’s important to fit in a power nap when I can.
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